The four five videos showed great schools that were implementing project based learning. Linda Darling-Hammond and Larry Rosenstock shared excellent knowledge on social/emotional learning and integrating the pedagogy of technology with the content of academics. They make me want to work at a school that provides students with the opportunity to learn through projects and become confident learners, involved in the community, and engaged in their learning without fear of failure and with recognition of their success.
Using technology with classroom instruction that works shared great information for cooperative groups. The book suggests informal, formal, and base groups be used throughout the year. The authors also shared ideas for the groups: multimedia, web resources, keypals, webquests, web site creation, collaborative organizing (shared calendars, bookmark and share weblinks, create online learning communities), and communication software. As I’ve said each week, I love the examples shared for each idea suggested!
I really liked the Training Module Development shared in McRel technology initiative: The development of a technology intervention program final report. I feel the fourteen modules shared in the study would be very beneficial to my school and district also. (Classroom Technology Management, E-mail and Internet, Technology Leadership, Technology and Lesson Plan Integration, Proficiencies and Unit Planning, Technology Planning, Technology and Writing Integration, Technology and the Problem-Solving Process, Technology and Multiple Intelligences, Navigating Desktops and Networks, Software Evaluation and Planning, Microsoft Office in the Classroom, Data Analysis Using Excel, and Using Technology with Classroom Instruction)
The article form Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning covered assessment in the Universal Design Lesson. It shared different methods of doing assessments (besides paper/pencil) that would allow students at all levels to perform to their maximum potential in class.
Web 2.0: New tools, New schools stated, “Unfortunately, even though massive amounts of money have been spent on training educators, we have not seen a real difference in the ways technology has been integrated into the classroom (Cuban, 2001; Laffey, 2004; Norris, Sullivan, Poirot, & Solloway, 2003; Williams & Kingham, 2003). (Solomon and Schrum, p. 100) It shared lots of ways to have professional development opportunities: create effective programs, preservice learning, communities of practice, and technology literacy training. The book also suggests blogs, podcasts, and wikis as the Web 2.0 tools to use to help with the professional development of staff.
Pitler, H. (2005). McRel technology initiative: The development of a technology intervention program final report (Contract Number ED-01-CO-0006). Aurora, CO: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED486685) Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED486685&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED486685
Pitler, H., Hubbell, E., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using technology with classroom instruction that works. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 139-154.
Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Chapter 7. Available online at the Center for Applied Special Technology Web site. Retrieved from http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/
Solomon, G., & Schrum, L. (2007). Web 2.0: New tools, New schools. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education, 99 – 116.